Over 250 children received Christmas gifts last month when Keltric and Sarah Lockett hosted their 8th annual Christmas toy giveaway under the Luling bridge.
Last year’s event was cancelled at the last minute due to Keltric becoming sick, and he admitted he was nervous this year about whether or not the event would happen.
“I really didn’t think we would be able to do it, but the Lord made a way,” he said. “Due to the storm and the virus a lot of people just lost a lot of things, and we were just so fortunate to be able to help other people.”
Keltric said he and Sarah’s Boutte home sustained damage in Hurricane Ida, but that they feel blessed that they are still able to live in their home and he’s thankful for another year – he just turned 49 – of being able to help people. He said he started the event years ago to ensure children from economically disadvantaged homes have a fun and memorable Christmas.
“The kids were so happy, and the parents were so thankful,” he said of this year’s event. “So many people donated toys and others donated money. I put up some money too.”
The Locketts also host a back-to-school event each year, where they supply local school-aged children with backpacks filled with school supplies.
Lockett said the Christmas gift giveaway would not be possible without the support of the owners of the Killona Landfill, St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne and his wife Alice, general manager of Birdie’s Mike Nabut, Raymond Coleman, District Attorney Joel Chaisson, Casey and Joann Leblanc, the Killona fire department, District 1 Councilwoman La Sandra Darensbourg Gordon, Parish President Matthew Jewell, Councilwoman-At-Large for Division B Holly Fonseca, Division C Judge Connie Aucoin and attorney Kevin Boshea.